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Teen shot outside South LA liquor store

December 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A puzzling act of violence outside a South Los Angeles liquor store leaves a 14-year-old boy critically wounded. Now police are looking for a woman they say is the shooter.

The teen was shot Wednesday at about 12:45 p.m. on the 6400 block of Vermont Avenue. The teen was standing in front of the liquor store, according to police, when a woman approached and opened fire.

Witnesses say the female suspect ran down the street and jumped into a van.

Police are trying to figure out what prompted the shooting. Police said the shooting may have been gang-related.

"Currently it's being investigated as a gang-related shooting. The victim was transported to a local hospital listed in critical condition pending surgery," said LAPD Sgt. Rick Arteaga.

Police think the suspect had been a customer inside the store before the shooting.

The suspect remains at large. Witnesses described her as heavyset and wearing a pink sweater.

Anyone with information related to the case should contact the Los Angeles Police Dept. at (877) LAPD-24-7.

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